What is Twail?
Makau W. Mutua
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting, pp. 31-39, 2000
The piece seeks to conceptualize the insurgent movement in international law known as Third World Approaches to International Law. Driven by scholars from the Third World, TWAIL rejects the traditional tenets and assumptions of traditional international law and argues for a re-imagination of the law of nations to purge it of racial and hegemonic precepts and biases to create a truly universal corpus that embraces inclusivity and empowerment. The movement turns away from the imperialist and colonialist foundation of international law. It argues that international law must be devoid of oppression, exploitation, and domination. The piece is among the first to attempt a fuller description of TWAIL.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: Third World Approaches to International Law, hegemony, imperialism, Christianity, colonialismAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 11, 2010
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